Paramedic Chiefs of Canada hold National Leadership Summit 2018 in Edmonton, Alberta Canada
The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and their colleagues from across the country gathered in Edmonton, Alberta, June 13-15 to set the stage for the future direction of paramedic systems in Canada. The leadership summit, hosted by Alberta Health Services, focused on key areas such as: systematic improvement, leadership capacity, mental health in the first responder community and leadership competencies developing the paramedic of the future. Thursday's opening keynote was presented by football legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons, founder of the Pinball Clemons Foundation, an organization that empowers youth through...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Dawn of a New Era for JEMS: It's About 'Time'
Today, our industry is heavily data and technology driven, with CAD systems and EPCRs almost universally used. Emergency care practices are more dynamic than ever, with critical advances in patient care occurring more frequently than a monthly print publication can possibly allow. Because technology and the Web have advanced to a point that it is both instantaneous and reliable, we feel that we can better serve the EMS community by focusing our efforts on delivering JEMS content via our website www.JEMS.com and other digital platforms to allow for a more timely – and frequent – publication. So we’ve decid...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 13, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT-P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

The National Registry of EMTs Appoints Bill Seifarth as New Executive Director
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The National Registry of EMTs (National Registry) and its Board of Directors today announced Bill Seifarth as the organization’s new executive director. An industry veteran, Seifarth brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, including Emergency Medical Services (EMS) leadership at both the State and Federal levels, along with a background of managing several comprehensive certification programs. “Bill truly has a unique combination of experience and talent, making him the ideal individual to serve as the National Registry’s fifth executive director,” said Dr. R...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Shoals Ambulance Hires Tommy Widmer as General Manager of Alabama
Shoals Ambulance today announced that Tommy Widmer has joined the company as general manager of Alabama overseeing operations in Northwest Alabama and the greater Birmingham area. “Tommy has strong entrepreneurial roots that will match well with our company’s growth model,” said MidSouth Regional President Bobby Peardon. “Shoals Ambulance’s employees, customers and patients will benefit from his experience in growing an ambulance company from scratch by developing strong, trusted relationships and anticipating and exceeding community needs. Under his leadership, I am confident that Shoals Ambu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Priority Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

FirstNet Responds After Strong Storms Hit Western Connecticut
    When the town of Brookfield, Connecticut was hit hard by a tremendous storm with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour, most of the area’s communications infrastructure was damaged and overloaded. For Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Ellis the lack of communications threatened his ability to coordinate multiple agencies on scene providing mutual aid. Thanks to a quick response, first responders were outfitted with 30 FirstNet “ready” devices connected to a deployable SatCOLT (satellite cell on light truck) to support Brookfield. Within hours, fire and police were taking advantage of Firs...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 12, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority Tags: News Videos Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

UnitedHealthcare Donates Drug Disposal Kits to Local Health Clinics and Physicians to Help People Safely Dispose of Unused Opioids
DAYTON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UnitedHealthcare is working with Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and local care providers to confront the opioid epidemic by donating 10,000 opioid disposal kits to the Montgomery County Opiate Taskforce and Kettering Medical Center. The disposal kits offer people a convenient way to remove unused opioids from their homes and prevent their misuse or diversion. “All of the drug disposal kits donated today have the capability of destroying hundreds of thousands of prescription pills, which will stop the drugs from ever falling into the wrong hands,” said DeWine. “UnitedHealt...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 8, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: United HealthCare Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

George Rice Joins Redflash Group
Encinitas, Calif.--The RedFlash Group, a national strategic consulting firm specializing in public safety and healthcare, is pleased to announce the addition of George Rice as a Partner. Rice comes to the RedFlash Group most recently from the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT), where he oversaw a period of growth and heightened influence for the association throughout a seven-year tenure as Executive Director. He previously served as Executive Director of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO). Rice brings his experiences and insights acquired over a 30-year career in jus...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: The RedFlash Group Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Las Vegas Shooting: Audio from 518 9-1-1 Calls Released
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Screams and pleas for help, descriptions of people falling amid rapid gunfire, and breathless questions about what to do next emerged Wednesday in 911 audio made public by Las Vegas police eight months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. "Shots fired! Shots fired! Hurry!" a woman screams, crying as a dispatcher asks where she is and the call disconnects. The dispatcher calls back and another woman answers. "Machine guns are being fired into the Route 91 festival," she says. "It's coming from above, I would assume from the Mandalay Bay side over by the Lu...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 6, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Ken Ritter and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Pulsara Selected as a JEMS Hot Product from EMS Today 2018
Bozeman, MT — Pulsara and JEMS (Journal of Emergency Medical Services) are proud to announce the selection of Pulsara’s version 7.0 as a Hot Product from the JEMS EMS Today Conference & Exposition, which was held February 21–23 in Charlotte, NC. Prior to this release, Pulsara’s communication platform focused on STEMI and Stroke care from EMS to definitive treatment within the hospital.  Version 7.0 allows users to dynamically create a patient channel, build any team based on patient need, and communicate. “Broadening the Platform to include any time sensitive emergency will allow EMS ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pulsara Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting
Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet Chair Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 5, 2018  —As prepared for delivery— Good morning everyone and welcome to America’s Finest City and the 2018 PSCR Conference. We have spent so many years talking about what seemed to be the elusive nationwide public safety broadband network. It is thrilling this year that FirstNet is finally here and first responders are using its capability with great satisfaction. I am so pleased to see what is happening in the world for first responders. The re...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: FirstNet Tags: Communications & Dispatch Industry News Source Type: news

Collin County (Texas) Paramedic Reinstated After Being Suspended Over Drowning Response
COLLIN COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A Collin County paramedic is back on the job after she said she was unfairly suspended by her company for trying to save a life. Liz Day was suspended by American Medical Response after she jumped into a Melissa quarry two weekends ago trying to save 18-year-old drowning victim Xzavion Epps. (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 5, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Erin Jones, CBSDFW Tags: News Videos Operations Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Chris Powell Appointed as Corporate Controller for Pelican Products, Inc.
TORRANCE, CA – Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging and advanced portable lighting systems, has appointed Chris Powell as Corporate Controller to manage global financial operations.  “Sound fiscal policy and practices are the cornerstone of any successful business and Chris’ diverse experience will ensure that Pelican continues to offer the high level of service and quality that our customers have come to expect,” said Don Jordan, Chief Financial Officer, Pelican Products.   A...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Pelican Products Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

Medusa Medical Technologies Partners with Beyond Lucid Technologies to Provide Prehospital Data Exchange
HALIFAX, NS and CONCORD, CA (May 29, 2018) — Medusa Medical Technologies today announced that it has partnered with California-based Beyond Lucid Technologies (BLT) to create a “plug-and-play” solution for exchanging EMS-based electronic patient care record (ePCR) data with electronic health records in hospitals, clinics and other care facilities. The collaboration fuses Medusa’s solution, Siren ePCR, with BLT’s MEDIVIEW™ Beacon Health Information Exchange, and will allow EMS and Fire agencies to achieve new levels of data sharing with their local hospital networks. It’s techno...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 4, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Documentation & Patient Care Reporting Industry News Source Type: news

Learning from the Past to Make the Future of EMS Even Better
Seeing the future’s potential as we learn from the past I recently had the honor of addressing the first graduating class from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department’s (SDFD) paramedic program, for which I serve on the academic advisory committee. The ceremony was held on the top deck of the historic USS Midway aircraft carrier, which is now docked in San Diego bay as a floating museum. It was a fitting location for the historic paramedic graduation, and it made me think about all the reasons why the 16 graduates are now pioneers in the next generation of EMS. The astronauts who flew on the init...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

How Frequently do EMS Providers Receive Feedback on their Care?
This study comes from data obtained through the National Registry of EMT’s LEADS project. A survey was delivered with the registration packet for EMTs and paramedics. The objective was to determine how frequently EMS providers are given feedback on their care, the type of feedback received and how they received it. A total of 15,766 surveys were reviewed, with 69.4% of respondents reported receiving some form of feedback in the 30 days preceding the survey, 54.7% receiving specific feedback on the medical care they provided. Receiving feedback occurred more often for paramedics, EMS providers with fewer yea...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 1, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Keith Wesley, MD, FACEP, FAEMS Tags: Patient Care Columns Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Design to Honor Sept. 11 Rescuers and Recovery Workers Unveiled
NEW YORK (AP) — A pathway flanked by six stones meant to symbolize strength and determination will be added to the Sept. 11 memorial site in lower Manhattan to honor the rescue and recovery workers who toiled for months at ground zero, officials announced Wednesday in unveiling the design concept. The new dedicated area will also serve as a way to honor those who became sick or died from exposure to the toxins in the environment after the twin towers fell. "Hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to have been exposed to toxins at the World Trade Center site, both on the day of 9/11 and during the months of...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 30, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Deepti Hajela, Associated Press Tags: News Administration and Leadership Mass Casualty Incidents Source Type: news

Positive Identification Feature Available in Elite for EMS
LAKEVILLE, MINN. - ImageTrend, Inc. announced the availability of a feature for Positive Identification of EMS personnel for the handling of controlled substances. This function employs a list of challenge questions that can be randomly generated at time of signature when documenting a controlled substance within a patient care report to verify the identity of the logged in medic. “A completely electronic record is vital to data integrity and interoperability,” commented Dan Vanorny, Vice President of Software Engineering at ImageTrend. “We are pleased to include a secure and 100% electronic method for Po...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 29, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: ImageTrend Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

EMS: So Much More than Lights and Siren
When I first became an emergency medical technician, I thought being on an ambulance would be constant excitement: driving with lights and sirens to rescue injured victims of traffic crashes, delivering babies in people’s homes, taking men and women with strokes and heart attacks quickly to the hospital. I soon learned that not every 911 call involved a life-threatening emergency requiring rapid transport. A nursing home resident fell and needed stitches. A child’s fever spiked, causing a seizure. A teenager broke his leg trying to score the winning run. Emergency medical services (EMS) providers do much more t...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 24, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Heidi King Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Former Pennsylvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Records Video Greeting for National EMS Week
  Former Pennsylvania Governor and United States Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge recorded a video greeting for National EMS Week. In the video, he recounts his own experience with a cardiac arrest in 2017, when he was resuscitated by a crew from Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS). In his his heartfelt message to ATCEMS and to EMS providers all over the country, Ridge says, "You have been and always will be a source of comfort and strength for the neighborhoods and the families you serve." (Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership)
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Austin-Travis County EMS Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Trinity EMS Announces New Operations Manager
Trinity EMS is pleased and excited to announce the promotion of Josiah Peters to Operations Manager. Josiah has been in the EMS industry dating back to his firefighter days in Avoca, Pennsylvania in 1998, where he first became an EMT-B. Josiah was always a hard worker and enjoyed the EMS field. Eventually he moved back to Massachusetts in 2002, settling into Merrimack, MA with his wife Molly. While back in Massachusetts, Josiah joined a local ambulance company working as an EMT-B for three years. He joined the Trinity team in 2005 and quickly moved up the ranks. He became a BLS Field Training Officer while working his w...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 23, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Trinity EMS Tags: Industry News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

New Castle County (Del.) EMS Paramedic Partners Create a Unique Relationship, Making Them “Stronger Together”
    From nccde.org: New Castle County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was the first paramedic service in the first state, and they celebrated their 30th anniversary of advanced life support delivery in 2005. In December 2009, the New Castle County Paramedics became the first EMS agency in Delaware, and the first ALS-intercept agency to achieve national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (CAAS). New Castle County EMS is a multi-jurisdictional county municipal paramedic service covering the entire 437 square miles and over 552,778 residents of New Castle County. We are prou...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Newcastle County EMS Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Riverside County Sheriff ’s Department Deploys Latest NICE Next Generation 9-1-1-ready Recording and Incident Intelligence Technology
Hoboken, N.J., -- NICE (Nasdaq: NICE) announced today that the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, the second largest Sheriff’s Office in California has upgraded to the latest NICE Inform multimedia recording and incident intelligence technology as it transitions to an all IP environment in preparation for Next Generation 9-1-1. The NICE upgrades were recently deployed at five sites, including three dispatch centers, a training center, and a centralized records bureau which handles all warrant and record requests for the county. Riverside County is one of the largest counties in the United States, both in ter...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: NICE Tags: Industry News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

17 Years and 13,000 Flights –LifeFlight Cares for Clarksville, Tenn.
For more than 17 years and 13,000 flights, Vanderbilt LifeFlight in Clarksville has been providing emergency care to residents of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. With a staff of 13 medical crew members, four pilots and two mechanics, the helicopter base is one of the busiest out of eight LifeFlight bases and covers more than 11,000 square miles. The base opened with very humble beginnings in October 2002 on the campus of Memorial Hospital (later renamed Gateway Medical Center), on Madison Street in Clarksville. The helicopter sat on the helipad at Gateway and the on-duty staff had living quarters in a cl...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Vanderbilt LifeFlight Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Celebrating EMS Week: Stronger Together
As an emergency physician, EMS medical director, and now director of the NHTSA Office of EMS, I have worked closely with EMS providers whose dedication to their patients and their colleagues often goes unrecognized. As we celebrate another EMS Week, I want to thank each of you, your families and all the people who make it possible for you to help people day in and day out. The theme of EMS Week this year is "Stronger Together," which recognizes not only the bonds we form with our fellow EMS providers, but also the importance of collaboration. Whether working with colleagues in your organization, partners within y...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 21, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Jon R. Kromer, MD, Director, NHTSA Office of EMS Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Harvey L. Hall Has Passed at Age 77
Hall Ambulance Service, Inc. Founder, Harvey L. Hall has passed away at the age of 77. Hall became ill in mid-April and was hospitalized when doctors made an initial diagnosis of an untreatable and rapidly progressive disease.  At their request, Hall sought a second opinion which was confirmed at an out of town medical center on May 8.   Hall was released on May 12 and returned to his residence to enjoy the comforts of home while surrounded by his loving family and three dogs.  Plans for a Community Celebration Honoring the Life of Harvey L. Hall are underway.  Details will be released soon.  ...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 19, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Hall Ambulance Tags: Administration and Leadership Industry News Source Type: news

American Medical Response Teams Up with International Association of Fire Chiefs and American College of Emergency Physicians to Train Bystanders How to Save Lives
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. – More than 350,000 Americans experience sudden cardiac arrest annually. When a bystander performs CPR until EMS arrives, the odds of the victim surviving can triple. To raise awareness and increase bystander CPR, American Medical Response (AMR), the nation’s largest provider of medical transportation, announced it is collaborating for the second year with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). During National EMS Week, May 20-26, the organizations will train communities on how to assist those experiencing signif...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: American Medical Response Tags: Trauma Cardiac & Resuscitation News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

National EMS Memorial Service Closes Out 2018 Weekend of Honor
Oxon Hills, MD - On Saturday the families, friends, and colleagues of the 36 EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty in service to others will gather for the National EMS Memorial Service, closing out the 2018 Weekend of Honor. Honor guards along with bagpipe and drum corps travel from around the United States to volunteer their time and services in honor of the fallen. This year’s keynote speaker will be Joseph W. Schmider, Emergency Medical Service Director for the Texas Department of Health Services. There will also be a team from HOPE Animal-assisted Crisis Response (http://hope...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Memorial Foundation Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Arrival of the National EMS Memorial Bike Ride Kicks off the National EMS Weekend of Honor
Oxon Hill, MD- On Friday, May 18 at approximately 4:00 p.m. the families, friends, and colleagues of EMS and air medical professionals who lost their lives in the line of duty as well as EMS legacy personnel who have died of natural or non-employment-related causes will gather to cheer the National EMS Memorial Bike Riders as they roll into the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center Lower Level Atrium (Waterfront). The riders began their journey in Boston last Saturday and have traveled over 500 miles in the rain in honor their fallen colleagues. They will be led by law enforcement and fire/EMS vehicles as they proc...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: National EMS Memorial Foundation Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

In Some Areas, 9-1-1 Technology Struggles to Keep Up with the Times
ROSWELL, Ga. (AP) — High school students hiding from the gunman in Parkland, Florida, were forced to whisper in calls to 911 for fear of tipping off their location. Others texted friends and family who then relayed information to emergency dispatchers over the phone. A few months later, a woman in Michigan was able to send off short text messages to 911 dispatchers as her homicidal husband held their daughter hostage. She was able to convey enough information to help officers get to the scene and formulate a plan to stop the man without the family being harmed. The two cases show how that in this era of active shoote...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 16, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Lisa Marie Pane, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Minnesota House Unanimously Passes First Responder PTSD Bill
  ST. PAUL, Minn. (KARE11) - Many kids say they want to be a firefighter. Brian Cristofono happened to follow through. His dream turned profession, eventually becoming a firefighter in St Paul. "That's where I started having issues," he said. But soon, the service took its toll. "There was a six-month-old, I remember going to, at 8 in the morning and the baby had been beaten to death and we just knew it was not breathing. We got to the hospital and I remember looking into the room and just kept doing chest compressions. I went into the bathroom and I just locked myself in there and just balled because m...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - May 15, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Christopher Hrapsky, KARE11 Tags: News Videos Administration and Leadership Source Type: news